Arsenal cruise to 2-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

The Blades can count themselves unlucky after a strong showing at the Emirates, but two goals in two minutes, from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, snatched all three points

Chris Wilder’s side set their stall out to frustrate the hosts in the first half, with keeper Aaron Ramsdale producing two smart stops from Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, despite holding their own in the first 45 minutes, the visitors began to creak under the pressure of Arsenal’s attack as Saka finally found a breakthrough.

Hector Bellerin’s run and cross drew the Blades defence out of position and Saka cushioned home a back-post header.

That goal completely upset the Blades game plan, and Pepe sucker punched them a minute later with a fine solo strike.

United did rally in the final 10 minutes as David McGoldrick curled home, but with no points on the board, the pressure will continue build on Wilder.

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Ruthless Arsenal edge past Manchester City in FA Cup semi final win

A goal in either half from Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a place in the final for Arsenal, as City’s FA Cup defence comes to an end.

City had all the ball in the opening stages, but the cutting edge of Arsenal proved decisive as Aubameyang fired them ahead on 19 minutes.

Nicolas Pepe’s cross into the box was not cleared, and Aubameyang stole in behind Kyle Walker to tuck home.

City looked a different side after the break, with Guardiola determined to force his way back into the game.

Raheem Sterling wasted an excellent chance just after restart, before Emiliano Martinez produced a brilliant stop to deny Riyad Mahrez.

Guardiola’s side laid siege to the Arsenal box after that, but as the Gunners dug in, there was simply no way through.

And with the holders growing more and more frustrated in the closing stages, Arsenal hit them with a clinical counter-attack as Aubameyang raced onto Kieran Tierney’s ball to make it 2-0.

That goal took some of the sting out of City, as Arsenal threw bodies on the line to seal their place in next month’s final.

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